How Can I Get Phone Number From Facebook

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How Can I Get Phone Number From Facebook

How I got your phone number through Facebook
Don’t have the time to read the entire article? Go to the FAQ section below for everything you should know.

Update: someone pointed out that PayPal actually reveals the last four digits of the phone numbers, so this technique may work for large countries as well if the target has its phone linked to its PayPal account.

Verifying one of the phone numbers I discovered

Last month, I discovered it is relatively simple to reveal private phone numbers on Facebook, uncovering some phone numbers of Belgian celebs and politicians. Even though this trick only seems to work in small countries such as Belgium (+/- 11.2 million people), a significant number of people is affected by this simple, yet effective privacy leak.

When I notified the fine folks of the Facebook Security team with my concerns, I got an answer I didn’t quite expect:

Not an issue, according to Facebook
When the “who can look me up by phone” setting is set to public, your phone number is public.

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There are a few issues with this:
The setting is set to public by default
It’s confusing: even though your phone number on your profile is set to ‘only me’, the ‘who can look me up’-setting overrules this. While people think their phone number is private, it’s not:

This setting only indicates whether the phone number is visible on your profile. It does not indicate whether your phone number is public.
If this setting is set to ‘Everyone’, which is the default value, your phone number is considered public.
‘Who can look me up’ also implies the person ‘looking you up’ already has your phone number. It implies that someone if looking for your specific Facebook profile based on your phone number, and not the other way around.
There is simply no only me setting
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